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Should elementary schools dump letter grades?

The Palm Beach County school system is contemplating replacing letter grades with something more soft and nuanced. Depriving parents of a clear way to assess their child’s progress does no good for anyone, and sparing a child the indignity of a bad grade deprives him of the opportunity to learn at an early age how to deal with life’s demands and disappointments.

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Reserve cap puts California school districts at serious risk

California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?

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Charter schools are resegregating Delaware schools

Last week, the ACLU and CLASI filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights showing that the implementation of the Charter School Law of 1995 has had a discriminatory impact on students of color and students with disabilities in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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How game theory helped improve New York City’s high school application process

To middle-school students and their parents, the high-school admissions process is a grueling and universally loathed rite of passage. But as awful as it can be, it used to be much worse.

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Education isn't the problem—inequality is

The American school system today is an offshoot of an increasingly class-driven society.

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School vouchers save Ohio millions

Private school choice can lend a helping hand to public educators. District leaders, lawmakers and educators should view vouchers as a means to developing a stronger public-private partnership in Ohio to move education forward.

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Poorer kids may be too respectful at school, study finds

Children from different economic backgrounds behave differently in classrooms, according to a new study. For example, working class kids are less likely to ask for help from teachers than are their middle class counterparts. And when they do ask for help, they’re less aggressive about it.

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Schools must help train teachers

Because of today's teaching challenges, new teachers need to be helped and mentored beyond the first year by experienced teachers. So, before we place the focus of teacher reform solely on the shoulders of schools of education, let's not forget the role and professional responsibilities of K12 personnel.

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Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

Student-based allocation won’t solve every problem facing Seattle’s schools, but it will take the important step of giving decision-making power to those who know each school community most intimately.

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Merging 15 York County school districts makes sense

A study has been commissioned to examine the potential cost savings of consolidating 15 of the Pennsylvania county's public school districts, particularly the potential benefits of merging administrative functions. If the study shows a savings worth ruffling the feathers, they should proceed.

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